Ward holds off Ochoa to win in Vegas

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:51 IST

Wendy Ward shot par on her final two holes and won the 2005 Takefuji Classic with a 16-under-par total of 200 (65-68-67) to win by two.

Ward holds off Ochoa to win in Vegas

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Wendy Ward shot par on her final two holes and won the 2005 Takefuji Classic with a 16-under-par total of 200 (65-68-67) to win by two. Several stars did not play in the tournament including Annika Sorenstam, Michelle Wei and Grace Park. Picturesque weather greeted the golfers on Saturday, the final day of the Takefuji Classic at the Las Vegas Country Club, just miles from the world-famous strip. Wendy Ward entered the day with a three stroke lead and kept herself at the top of the leaderboard throughout the third round. Her tee shot on 12 hit a fence and landed in the rough. She used her irons to dig out from the rough and over some trees to beautifully land on the green and set up her fourth birdie of the day. Ahn in good form Ward was having a good day but Shi Hyun Ahn was having a better one. The 20-year-old from Korea had eight birdies heading onto the 18th hole, where her approach shot hit the back of the green and rolled back to within feet of the cup. Ahn easily holed the birdie to finish tied for the course record 63, set just a day earlier by Lorena Ochoa. Ahn would end the tournament tied for third with Paula Creamer. Creamer, a tour rookie, holed her birdie putt on the 14th hole, one of seven birdies she would sink on the day. Karrie Webb began the day in contention but rapidly fell after a double bogey on the seventh hole. On the 12th, Webb missed her par putt just wide left and threw her putter at her bag after tapping in for bogey. Mi Hyun Kim bounced back from a double bogey on the 13th hole by chipping in a birdie on the par-three 14th. She shot par in her final round, and seven under for the tournament. Amateur In-Bee Park used her putter from the fringe and nearly sank a stunning long-distance birdie putt on the 17th hole. On a roll Ward continued to roll all day. She shot her fifth and final birdie on the 16th hole to put her five-under-par for the round and 16 under overall. The only person who could get close was Mexico's Ochoa. Despite missing several short birdies earlier in the round, Ochoa found herself in contention on the 18th hole. Just two strokes from Ward, Ochoa putted from the short rough for eagle but the ball stopped a few feet from the cup. Frustrated, Ochoa missed the birdie but holed up for par and a round of 65. Ward shot par on her final two holes and won the 2005 Takefuji Classic with a 16-under-par total of 200 (65-68-67) to win by two. (AP)

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